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So Long, Calypso, by Liz McSkeane, Dublin: Turas Press, 2017


The conversational tone of many of the poems in this collection belies the subtle craft that underlies and unifies disparate themes. So Long, Calypso is peopled by a cast of characters recognisable from ancient history and myth, from recent history and from contemporary culture. The musings of these various personae are
by turns reflective and urgent, their concerns social and political, as well as deeply engage with navigating the
challenges of different stages of life.

ISBN 978-0-9957916-0-2

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Lot's Wife poem by Liz McSkeane

“In poems of both expressive energy and technical skill, So Long, Calypso lays bare an underlying order that most of the time we only guess at….Hard-won insights here, compassion and a measure of clear-eyed joy, sustained and framed for us in humane, beautifully-achieved poems.”  Paula Meehan

“Empathetic, unsettling and engaging – it is rare to read any book, be it fiction or poetry, that deals so scrupulously and wisely with the subjects of age and ageing. Yet Liz McSkeane’s humility of attention and her brilliant sense of form…sharpen and shape the perception of the speakers that inhabit So Long, Calypso...a highly readable, disarming and generous book of poems.” 

David Morley



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Weight 115 g
Dimensions 27.0 × 20.0 × 0.5 cm


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